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Yarrabee Wesfarmers Reserve

Established:
2006 
Area:
923 ha
Location:
481km SE of Perth

In 2018 it was agreed that in the interests of efficient management, we would transfer ownership of this reserve to Greening Australia in full, rather than continue to share it.

This transfer took place in late 2019. The reserve is in good hands and will continue to be protected forever.

We bought this property in 2006 in conjunction with  Greening Australia. Two-thirds of it was cleared land – not much of a conservation reserve, some might say. But what they'd be missing is the vital role Yarrabee will play in a much bigger picture.

Together with Greening Australia we replanted native bushland at Yarrabee, which is considered a key property in reconnecting remaining bushland between the Stirling Range and the Fitzgerald River national parks.

Yarrabee Wesfarmers Reserve, with the Stirling Ranges behind. Photo: Amanda Keesing.
Yarrabee Wesfarmers Reserve, with the Stirling Ranges behind. Photo: Amanda Keesing.

The new bushland plantings are now starting to come into their own, and are providing habitat for species such as Carnaby's Cockatoo, Black-gloved Wallabies and Honey Possums.

Yarrabee also protects a range of plants belonging to the Proteaceae family, an ancient lineage of spectacular flowering shrubs that include Banksias, Grevilleas and Hakeas.

The prolific flowering of Proteaceae-rich heaths draws a host of bird and other species throughout the year, particularly during summer and autumn, when other food sources are scarce.

Candle Banksias at Yarrabee. Photo: Marie Lochman/Lochman Transparencies.
Candle Banksias at Yarrabee. Photo: Marie Lochman/Lochman Transparencies.

What this reserve protects

Yarrabee protects Proteaceae-rich Heath on deep white sand – one of the few intact patches remaining in the area. It also protects:

Animals: Honey Possum, Black-gloved Wallaby, Black-backed Snake, Western Whipbird, Carnaby's Cockatoo

Plants: Flat-topped Yate, Boronia, Trigger Plants, Christmas Tree, Baxter's Banksia

Vegetation communities: Proteaceous rich heath, Banksia woodland, Jarrah/marri woodland.

Flowering eucalypts on Yarrabee Reserve. Photo Keith Tuffley.
Flowering eucalypts on Yarrabee Reserve. Photo Keith Tuffley.